Trudeau's principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

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Motz blasts PM and his office for handling of SNC-Lavalin ordeal

Having worked with First Nations people in several public land use processes over the past 25 years, I thought I knew something about First Nations history in B.C., but Wilson-Raybould gave us an entirely new and refreshing perspective in her speech.

"If Scott Brison had not stepped down from cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould would still be minister of justice and attorney general", he said, according to multiple media reports.

In January, Wilson-Raybould was moved to the veterans-affairs portfolio as part of a shuffle precipitated by former Treasury Board president Scott Brison's decision to leave politics.

He says Wilson-Raybould should have come to him with any concerns she might have had about the matter.

Trudeau also slammed anonymous Liberals who made unflattering remarks about Wilson-Raybould by suggesting she was hard to work with and didn't seem to be a team player.

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"Any time one makes a decision to shift members of cabinet, there always a wide range of factors that go into making that decision", he said.

February 7 - Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau's aides "attempted to press Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister to intervene in the corruption and fraud prosecution of Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.", and that exasperation with her lack of co-operation was one reason for shuffling her out of the justice portfolio.

"I made a lot of change and I really pushed the envelope".

SNC-Lavalin's headquarters in Montreal. Chief Justice Wagner, I can't afford to help my community In her column, Elsa Ascencio writes: "While I do agree with the chief justice that law societies should play a more active role in the access to justice issue; I do not agree that law societies should be promoting mandatory pro bono work among lawyers". "I believe Canadians need to", said Housefather. "I don't understand how the Liberals think this is going to work", he said. She has hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on what she can and cannot say publicly.

Wilson-Raybould proceeded to quit the cabinet on Tuesday.

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The prime minister said, as he has previously, that anyone concerned about pressure created by those discussions should have come to him if they felt they were inappropriate. It is facing trial for an alleged $48 million in bribes and $130 million in fraud from its dealing in Lybia from 2001 to 2011. She has not explained why and she has not commented on the allegation, levelled by anonymous sources in a Globe and Mail story 10 days ago, that she was improperly pressured, citing solicitor-client privilege.

The heartwarming activity stood in sharp contrast to the political firestorm sparked by her resignation as veterans affairs minister earlier this week.

The company has pleaded not guilty. A conviction would bar the company from bidding on Canadian government business, potentially devastating it.

The case is still at the preliminary hearing stage.

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